Building a better Hamilton with tiny houses

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Emma Cubitt has big dreams for little houses in Hamilton.

The 37-year-old architect has emerged as the city’s leading advocate for small and tiny house construction on underutilized land beside laneways.

It all started with her 2007 master’s thesis at the University of Waterloo — that examined the potential for laneway housing in Hamilton — and now she is designing the city’s first laneway/small-house/affordable housing project.

The development on Clarence Street off Queen Street North by Good Shepherd Hamilton with the Social Planning and Research Council (SPRC) plans to be a unique community of 26 small housing units — in duplexes — for single women who have experienced homelessness. While the average newly constructed house in Canada is about 2,000 square feet, these new homes will be less than 600.

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Article and image source: Hamilton Spectator

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